American Bobtail Breed

The American Bobtail is a relatively new and fairly uncommon breed of cat. Though the Bobtail has existed in the Americas for many generations, the real development of the breed did not begin until the 1960s. The first true American Bobtails were the result of breeding a tabby cat with a bobbed tail with a domestic non-pedigreed color point. Those kittens were outcrossed to a longhaired color point, resulting in the first American Bobtails.

American Bobtails are very active cats. Though many are enthusiastic, energetic, friendly and playful, some of the breed can be scared and shy. Many note the dog-like qualities of the breed: they enjoy greeting their owners, playing fetch, and can be taught to walk on a leash. American Bobtails make great family pets, even in homes with dogs and small children. They are known to bond with whole families rather than a single member, and are affectionate without being pushy.

The American Bobtail is a sturdy cat, with a substantial body and broad chest. They range in weight from 12-16 pounds for males and 7-11 pounds for females. Their coats can be both long and short, and tend to be shaggy rather than fluffy or thick. The head is a broad wedge without planes, the ears are medium size and lynx-like while the eyes are almost almond shaped and proportional to the body. The bobbed tail is the cat's distinctive trait, and is generally desired to range between one inch and the length of the cat's hock. The tail mutation gene is not controllable, resulting in a variety of tail lengths even in same litters.

American Bobtails can come in any color and pattern, though the emphasis for show cats is on a wild, tabby-like appearance.

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